This month of May, my girlfriend Emma and I decided to go and explore Canada (if you remember, we relocated there this year to expand our horizons). So we bought a second-hand car and packed it with minimal gear, left the rest at a friend’s in Montréal, and set off to the West Coast of Canada!
The plan is to cross the country by road, check out all the provinces on the way from Montréal to Vancouver (for a bit of geography, this route goes through Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) to see the diversity of landscapes throughout the country. The way back should be via the US (more on that in later posts!)
So far, this old car has taken us to British Columbia, after about 4,500km, without major issues. It has been amazing to see the diversity of the provinces. Here is a quick summary of what each Province felt like:
They say it is the province of the Lakes. Well, there are quite many of them that’s true! The road is incredibly varied and every turn in the road yields a surprise of nice and small lakes and creeks. The panorama around Lake Huron and Lake Superior was amazing too, even though they were still frozen under thick ice in the month of May…! North Bay and Thunder Bay were right on the Lakes and provided for great horizon landscapes. Here’s a sample of such a creek:
Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Manitoba and Saskatchewan are mostly about the Prairies. Keeping west on TransCanada Highway #1, after Winnipeg and Regina or interesting names such as Moose Jaw (Al Capone’s / Scarface’s second home), the road continues to Alberta.
If you’d read Robert Ford’s book, Canada, you would as I was be looking forward to going through towns such as Swift Current or Medicine Hat. The World Heritage site for First Nation Bison killings, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, is also a great stop before hitting BC.
Arriving in BC via the Kootenay Pass, were avalanches were still happening, you clearly feel an instant change. Mountains in BC are serious and beautiful. Now looking forward to a lot more of this in the Canadian Rockies and around Vancouver.
Below is a gallery of a few iPhone photos taken along the way on the road. Hope you enjoy them!